Apr 1, 2014

The Winners!/当選者発表

Thank you so much for making your entry in my Fumi no hi Give-away project!  Now the entry is closed.  Let's find out who the winners are! :)
As always, I used Amidakuji to choose the winners fairly and randomly, and the winners are...
TomoyoHime and Lil' Kay, please send me an email to snowangel.on.snow@gmail.com and let me know if you're still interested in participating in this project by writing a letter to someone within the next 2 weeks.  If you're participating, please also let me know your full name and address as well. :)
My Fumi no hi Give-away project will come back on April 23rd, so if you're interested, see you then!


Mar 26, 2014

Outgoing Mail/お手紙発送

I would say that the most beloved flowers in Japan is cherry blossoms.  At this time of the year, the weather forecast closely follow so-called "cherry blossom front" in their "cherry blossom forecast" and tells you when the cherry blossoms in your area come out.  The cherry blossoms start opening in the southern islands of Okinawa as early as January while on the northern islands of Hokkaido they open as late as May.  What about in between?  Well, the Meteorological Agency announced that cherry blossoms in Tokyo opened on March 25th this year.
Why is this time of the bloom so important?  Well, it's because we don't want to miss the right time for hanami or picnic under cherry trees to welcome the arrival of the spring and enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossoms.  The cherry blossom season is short - usually about one week after the opening of the first blossoms, they reach their full bloom, and another week later they start falling from the trees, so once the cherry blossoms open in their area, people start planning hanami with family or friends.  There are many nice hanami spots in Tokyo, and I've already picked some places I want to visit this year.  I'm pretty excited!! :)
This picture shows how it looks like when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.  It was taken at a park a couple of years ago.  Like a tunnel of cherry blossoms, right? :)
Around this time of the year, my penpals usually receive a postcard or pictures of cherry blossoms from me.  Here are some of my outgoing letters this week.  This one is flying to the US with a postcard of cherry blossom. :)
Do you like the cat stamps? :)
This letter is for my pal in UK.
My drawing matches to the stamp on the envelope. :)
And the back side of the postcard.
I hope my letter will bring a smile to my penpals. :)  Has the spring arrived where you live?




Mar 25, 2014

Incoming Mail/オランダより手紙到着

Some people say that Monday is their least favorite in a week because it's after the weekend which means 5 more days to work, but I love Monday.  Why??  Because I tend to receive more mails on Monday than any other weekdays. :)
Let me share this lovely letter from my dear penpal in The Netherlands.  She enclosed a cute magnet that says HOLLAND. :)  I put it on my fridge so that every time I open the fridge (which happens pretty often as I often look for something to eat. lol), I remember her. :)
She put nice stamps. :)  I wonder who they are...
I totally agree with the message she put on the envelope.  And you??
I already have one missing letter to Singapore this year. :(  I hope there won't be any for the rest of the year.  Have you had any missing letter in 2014?
Have a nice day everyone! :)


Mar 23, 2014

Fumi no hi Giveaway Project [March 23rd] / ふみの日プレゼント企画

I've got half an hour left to the midnight, and I feel like one of my eyes are already closed.  Let's hope the other one stays open till I finish writing this posting. ;)  OK, here is a posting for March's fumi no hi Give-away project.

My “Fumi no hi” Give-away project is a give-away project with a twist, and all you have to do is write a letter to someone who doesn’t penpal . :)  Please read the following instructions before making your entry into this project.  Even if you have participated in the project before and know the rules, please still read the following instructions.  Thanks! :) The March's project starts now! :)

1. Make your entry to this project by leaving a comment for this posting by March 31st, 2014.  You can just say “I’m in!” :)  Or you can also send me an email to snowangel.on.snow@gmail.com or message me from the "Contact Form" at the right side of the this page.  I will choose two winners by drawing and have a posting about it after the entry is closed.

2. Within 2 weeks, the winners write a letter to someone who doesn’t penpal.  Anyone is OK, for example your family, friend, colleague etc. but make sure that the person usually doesn’t write letters because the purpose of this project is to let the person experience the joy of receiving a letter in their mailbox besides bills. :) You can write anything, and no need to tell me what you wrote, but please write a nice one that will put a smile on his/her face. :)

3. Put postage stamp(s) and send him/her the letter.  Make sure you send it by post even though you’re writing to your family living in the same house because I believe the stamp on the envelope is part of the joy in letter-writing.

4. By April 13th, please send me a photo of the letter you sent by email (snowangel.on.snow@gmail.com) and give me your permission to post the photo on my blog posting (please make sure that the address does not appear in the photo as I’m going to put the photo on my blog posting).  Also don’t forget to let me know your postal address!

5. The winners will get a package full of letter-writing items and something Japanese. :)

Please remember that my purpose of doing this project is not just a give-away but to let people experience the joy of letter-writing.  Unless someone writes you a nice letter, you can never feel that joy, right?  Hope lots of people will participate in this project and introduce the wonderful world of letter-writing to others through this! :)

OK, so the “Fumi no hi” project for March 2014 starts now, and I will close the entry on March 31st, 2014. You've got about one week to enter this project. :)  I hope this will be a fun project for everyone!  And hopefully some of those people who receive letter from you pick a pen and paper and write you back! Let's have more penpallers! :)


 1.参加を希望される方は、月31日までに、この記事のコメント欄に「参加します」とコメントを残してください(または、snowangel.on.snow@gmail.comにメール、もしくはページ右中央付近のContact Formからメッセージ)。参加者の中から2名を抽選で選び、お名前(ハンドルネーム可)を4月1日の記事で発表します。








Mar 21, 2014

Outgoing Mail/お手紙発送

I think something is wrong with my laptop or this blog account or something because I can't follow new blogs!  There're some new letter-writing blogs that I want to follow, but if I try to follow the blog by pressing the button of "Join this site" like I always did before and log in through my google account, they tell me "the address/link might be too old".  What does that mean?!
OK anyway, yesterday I found these stamps at my favorite stamp shop.  Aren't they cute?
These stamps were issued in 1998.  At such shop, you can buy older stamps that you might no longer find at a post office, and I can spend hours there just looking at all the different stamps. :)  I put rabbit one and birds one side by side like in this picture and added some words for them.
I hope they will become good friends with the raddit while traveling to Europe for a week. lol  Good luck! :D
Have a nice weekend everyone! :)
他のブログをフォローしようとすると、何か設定がおかしいのかできません。なんか変なところでも押したかな…(- -)


Mar 19, 2014

American souvenirs / アメリカのお土産

My American friend was visiting Tokyo for his job interview, so we met up. :)  He was very proud of himself that he did well at the 3-hour interview all in Japanese. :)  He still has to finish his last couple of months at university in the States, but if the visa thing all goes well, he will start working in Tokyo by the summer.  I’m so happy for him!! :)
He brought me something from Boston.  They're American beer called “Samuel Adams”.  Honestly, I only knew Budweiser as an American beer, so I'm very excited to try a new taste!  I wonder what other American beer brands are…
He brought me some of his old books from his Japanese history class at university.  I love reading history books, so this is perfect for me. :)
The Samurai book is interesting.
And lots of lovely postcards from Boston!  He knows me so well. :)  This postcard shows Boston seen from the South Slope of Beacon Hill, older part of the city.  Very beautiful!
The Harvard University Shield.  Harvard University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the US.
Whale watching off Massachusetts
Postcard from Salem.
According to the postcard, Salem is one of the oldest towns in America.  It has tourist attractions, museums, historic homes and natural seaside beauty.  Salem was a shipping center for many years.  The famous witch trials of 1692 that resulted in the hanging of 19 people gave the city its nickname.
A postcard of "La Japonaise" by Claude Monet.  The woman is wrapped in a kimono, Japanese traditional costume.  This card is from a famous museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. :)
I added Boston to my list of “Must Visit Before Die”.  Do you have a list of “Must Visit Before Die”?  Maybe some of you have Japan on the list?! :D

Mar 18, 2014

Outgoing Mail/お手紙発送

I’ve been lazy and didn’t take pictures of my outgoing letters lately, but I’m starting it again now.  These letters are for my pals in Japan, Germany and Greece.  Last time it took more than a month for my letter to arrive in Greece.  I thought it went missing.  Hopefully it will be delivered sooner this time!
Flower stamps are always one of my favorites. :)  What’s your favorite?

Have a good day everyone! :)